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DIY Disinfectant Spray Using Essential Oils

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Keeping a clean house has never been as important as it is right now in today’s world. Taking precautions to avoid certain viruses, bacteria, and germs is not merely optional, but it is imperative in times like these. Many people are making the decision to switch to all-natural house cleaning products. Conventional house cleaners are full of toxic chemicals that can be harmful to our families and to the environment. They are also flying off of the shelves in grocery stores before we can even get our hands on them. In this article, we will discuss how to create a DIY disinfectant spray using essential oils so that you can always be certain that your home is clean and free of harsh toxins and viruses.

Take Your Health Into Your Own Hands

There are many benefits to making a DIY disinfectant spray using essential oils. 

This DIY disinfectant spray recipe uses the powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties of certain essential oils and leaves your home smelling beautifully fragrant.

You can feel safe in your toxin-free home and rest easy knowing that you have the power to take your family’s health into your own hands. 

Additionally, this DIY disinfectant spray is affordable, long-lasting, and easy to make.

Essential Oils Aren’t Just for Aromatherapy

Too many people look at essential oils and believe they are only used in diffusers to make your home smell lovely and to receive all of the benefits of aromatherapy. Yes, this is true. However, essential oils are nature’s powerful tools that help us fight against bacteria, viruses, germs so that we can avoid  all kinds of illnesses.

In this DIY disinfectant spray recipe, we will use lavender, lemon, tea tree, and eucalyptus.

Here are the benefits of each essential oil used:

  • Lavender essential oil has a lovely aromatic floral fragrance that has been linked to decreases in stress levels and improved sleep. It also has powerful antiseptic properties when used for house cleaning.
  • Lemon essential oil has a bright and uplifting scent and pairs surprisingly well with lavender. It also contains astringent, detoxifying, disinfectant, antiseptic, and antifungal properties.
  • Tea tree essential oil is associated with many medicinal benefits, such as skin health, dry scalp, and respiratory infections. It is included in this DIY disinfectant spray due to its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. 
  • Eucalyptus essential oil has many amazing health benefits and is widely used to help us breathe easier. It is also found in many household cleaning products and is included in this recipe due to its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.

There are many other effective essential oils that can be used to achieve different scents and purposes. The combination of these four essential oils is, however, very powerful and effective. This synergistic blend also combines to create a refreshing and clean scent.

What You Will Need

  • Dark colored glass spray bottle 
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • Optional: ¼ cup of ethanol alcohol (preferably cheap vodka) or rubbing alcohol 

A Note on the Supplies Needed

A dark colored glass spray bottle is required because essential oils are too potent for plastic spray bottles and will eat away at the plastic, or in other words erode them over time. The glass should be a dark color because exposure to light for extended periods of time can destroy the properties of essential oils.

White vinegar is used due to its antibacterial properties and its ability to  dissolve hard water deposits. However, it should be noted that it is not safe to use on marble, granite, or hard wood floors. You can choose to leave this ingredient out if you have concerns. If you are only worried about the smell, the essential oils are much more powerfully scented and cancel out the smell of vinegar.

Distilled water is recommended because it contains no minerals or other contaminants and will not leave streaks or mineral residue on your surfaces.

Ethanol or rubbing alcohol is listed as an optional ingredient because it is known to fight germs. If you decide to leave this ingredient out, I recommend keeping the white vinegar in the recipe in its place. 

Combine all of the ingredients listed in the dark colored glass bottle and shake well before each use.

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Written By

Jen Nash